NBA Basketball
Scoreboard|Stats|Standings|Teams|Players|Player News|Injuries|Transactions

NBA notebook: Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City

(TSX / STATS) -- Fans in Mexico will receive a first-hand look at reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook next season when the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Brooklyn Nets in the nation's capital.

The NBA Mexico City games feature the Nets playing a regular-season contest against Westbrook, four-time All-Star Paul George and the Thunder on Dec. 7. Brooklyn will then face the Miami Heat two days later.

"They will also mark the 25th anniversary of our first game in Mexico City, a milestone in our relationship with our Mexican fans and a further indication of our desire to strengthen our ties to Mexico and Latin America," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

In January, the NBA held two games in Mexico with the Phoenix Suns playing against the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs.

-- Guard Ty Lawson and center Donatas Motiejunas have decided to leave the NBA and play in China this coming season, multiple media outlets reported .

Lawson, who spent this past season with the Sacramento Kings, and Motiejunas, who played for the New Orleans Pelicans, have agreed to sign with the same team, the Shandong Golden Stars. The details of Lawson's contract were not immediately available, but Sportando reported that Motiejunas has agreed to a $3 million deal.

Lawson, 29, averaged 9.9 points and 4.8 assists while playing 69 games, including 24 starts, for the Kings in 2016-17. His best season came in 2013-14, when he averaged 17.6 points and 8.8 assists for the Denver Nuggets.

Motiejunas, 26, averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 34 games, all off the bench, for the Pelicans last season.

-- The Atlanta Hawks signed forward Luke Babbitt, the team announced.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported he signed a one-year deal.

Babbitt played in 68 games, including 55 starts, for the Miami Heat last season. He averaged 4.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 15.7 minutes, while making 41.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

"Luke is a proven veteran and adds another experienced player to our locker room," Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said. "He is one of the premier long-range shooting big men in the league, has played a variety of roles over his career and will contribute to our team."

Updated August 9, 2017

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2017 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.